This Hotel, situated on the Caribbean side of Bequia, nestled amongst tropical trees and shrubs, is just above Lower Bay beach and village: for sale


This Hotel, situated on the Caribbean side of Bequia, nestled amongst tropical trees and shrubs, is just above Lower Bay beach and village

Lower Bay, Bequia Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

NEGOTIABLE

3 600 000 USD

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address: cliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Type: Boutique Hotel
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Showers: 5
Parking: 8
Yield: Not Disclosed
TGCSA Rating: 4 Star


Bequia 

Bequia is the second-largest island in the Grenadines at 7 square miles (18 km2). It is part of the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and is approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the nation's capital, Kingstown, on the main island, Saint Vincent. Bequia means "island of the clouds" in the ancient Arawak. The island's name was also 'Becouya' as part of the Grenadines.

Bequia has a history of whaling which was introduced by the Yankee whalers in the 19th century. Its people are only allowed to catch up to four humpback whales per year using traditional hunting methods. The limit is rarely met, with no catch some years.

Geography

Bequia is a small island, measuring 7 square miles (18 km2) with a population of approximately 5,300. The native population are primarily a mixture of people of AfricanScottish and Kalinago descent. A substantial number of white Barbadians also settled the Mount Pleasant area of Bequia in the 1860s. Many of their descendants still inhabit the area. Other highly populated areas include the island capital, Port Elizabeth, which hosts the ferry terminal and Paget Farm, which hosts the airport. There are also villages at Lower Bay, La Pompe, Hamilton and Belmont. Other prominent areas of Bequia include Spring, the site of a former coconut plantation and home to agricultural animals, Industry Bay and Park Bay, where the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is located.

The island's hills are much lower than the peaks of St. Vincent, 10 miles (16 km) to the north, so they do not receive as many rain showers.

Princess Margaret, who had a home on nearby Mustique, visited Bequia in the 1950s and had a beach renamed in her honour. Princess Margaret Beach is next to Port Elizabeth and is situated inside Admiralty Bay on the west coast. The beach was originally known as Tony Gibbons, and continues to be known by that name locally, though the origin of this name is uncertain. Also on the west coast are the island's main port and a large natural harbour.

Tourism

Bequia is popular among cruising yachtsexpats and tourists. One of the busiest times of the year is the annual Easter Regatta and Music Fest.

Two scuba diving stores run dive trips to 28 identified dive sites around Bequia. There are several wrecks and shallow caves accessible to advanced divers. It is not unusual to see Hawksbill turtles, lobsters, moray eels and many kinds of fish when diving around Bequia.

History

Runaway and shipwrecked slaves inhabited the island of St. Vincent in the 17th century. According to an early account of the French West Indies, which considered Bequia as part of Grenada, Bequia was too inaccessible to colonize and Kalinago and Arawaks used the island for fishing and farming. A few Portuguese and Dutch slave ships en route to Sint Eustatius from West Africa reportedly shipwrecked on the Grenadine reefs. As a result of the Treaty of Utrecht (1713-1715), which brought an end to the War of Spanish Succession and established peace between the Spanish and British Empires, Great Britain obtained the lucrative monopoly over the Asiento slave trade.

Bequia was under French control in the 18th century and during the Seven Years' War with England, the island was used by the fleets of their Spanish and Dutch allies to take on supplies, while British ships were banned. The 1763 Treaty of Paris produced a significant re-alignment in the map of the Caribbean; St. Vincent and the Grenadine islands, including Grenada, were given to the British in exchange for GuadeloupeMartinique and St. Lucia. The name Petit Martinique comes from this era, as does Petit Saint Vincent. In 1779, the French seized the island, despite the treaty, but were forced to relinquish control to Britain again soon after.

The early 18th century saw the development of a sugar industry and the production of related products including molasses and rum. Other major produce included coffeeindigo and arrowroot. At one point in time, the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines were the single largest producer of arrowroot starch in the world. Currently, Hairoun and Vincy strong rum are major export products primarily to the European Union.

Under a programme instituted by Great Britain to give land to indigent settlers, James Hamilton, father of Alexander Hamilton, moved from St. Croix to Bequia in 1774 where he remained until 1790. The land granted to Hamilton lies along the shore of Southeast Bay. Despite his son's frequent gifts of money and entreaties to immigrate or at least visit him, neither visited the other.

Some historians believe that the famous pirate Edward Teach had his base in Bequia. The opening shot of the movie Blackbeard, Pirate of the Caribbean, made by the BBC, displays a replica of his first ship off the coast of Bequia in the St. Vincent passage. According to local legend, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was not only Teach's base, but also the place from which Sir Francis Drake planned his attacks on the Spanish admiralty in Don Blas de Lezo's Cartagena. Indeed, it is thought that Henry Morgan may also have anchored in Admiralty Bay, as it was then the safest natural harbour in the Eastern Caribbean during hurricane season. Bequia was used as a repair facility for ships. Beside Nelson's Dockyard on Antigua, and the Carlyle in Bridgetown, Barbados, there were no other drydocks or shipyards in the area. Wooden shipbuilding and ship-repair on Bequia was possible due to the presence of cedar trees on the island and a sufficiently deep and sheltered harbour.

Whaling

Bequia is one of the few places in the world where limited whaling is still allowed. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) classifies the island's hunt under the regulations concerning aboriginal whaling. Natives of Bequia are allowed to catch up to four humpback whales per year using only traditional hunting methods of hand-thrown harpoons in small, open sailboats, but these methods are regularly abused by using speedboats to chase whales and harpoon guns for the kill.[6] The limit is rarely met, with no catch some years. Bequia has a long tradition of whaling as well as the building of whaling boats.

In the 2012 meeting of the IWC, the delegates renewed the annual quota of whales for all three groups who submitted joint bids: Alaskan InupiatRussian indigenous people in Chukotka in eastern Siberia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, despite protestations of delegates from Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Chile, and Costa Rica. Dominican Republic delegate Peter Sanchez said the St Vincent and the Grenadines hunt was "artisanal whaling out of control," and that the hunters have "repeatedly broken the rules—hunting for young ones and pregnant females." Other delegates pointed out that St. Vincent and the Grenadines' bid "should not qualify under ASW [Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling] rules because the Bequians, the group that maintains the hunt, are not truly indigenous." Monaco delegate Frederic Briand argued that whaling "started by a settler's family as recently as 1875 does not qualify as 'aboriginal'."Louise Mitchell Joseph, speaking on behalf of the Eastern Caribbean Coalition of Environmental Awareness stated that there was no documented history of whaling in the islands, and that "there have been many archaeological excavations conducted, and there was no evidence found whatsoever of whale hunting by aboriginal peoples. Neither whale remains nor weapons that could have been used to kill such a large mammals were ever found; neither are any images of whales inscribed on our petroglyphs."

There is a small whaling museum on the island chronicling local whaling's history. A feature of the Port Elizabeth waterfront is the Whaleboner Bar & Restaurant. This bar has an entrance onto the beach consisting of an arch of two whale ribs, as well as whale vertebrae mounted on the bar seats and a whale rib running the length of the bar.

Transportation

Air

Constructed in 1992, the James F. Mitchell International Airport for small planes is located near Paget Farm. With a runway length of 3,609 feet (1,100 metres), Bequia can be reached by plane with daily connections from KingstownBridgetown (Barbados) and surrounding islands.

Sea

Regularly scheduled ferries run from the main island of Saint Vincent. Three ferries operate between the capital, Kingstown, and the local port of Port Elizabeth. The other islands in the Grenadines can be reached by the last operational schooner in the Caribbean, the antique original Bequia-built SS Friendship Rose, as well as other charter/tour boats that are widely available and based in Port Elizabeth, islands for matches. The ferry offers daytime as well as overnight charters, and onboard picnics are locally renowned. This has resulted in significant increases in mostly domestic tourism.

The ferry pier is located 45 minutes' drive from Argyle International Airport and is served by two companies, Bequia Express and Admiralty Transport. Bequia Express uses a family-owned ferry that is 148 feet (45 m) long with a cargo space measuring 4,440 square feet (412 m2) of which 3,000 square feet (280 m2) is sheltered with a 14-foot (4.3 m) ceiling. The approximate capacity of the ship is 28 cars or 10 to 20 containers and is licensed for 400 passengers. The Admiral II is a similarly sized vessel with a capacity for 250 passengers. Travellers on the Admiral II have a choice between air-conditioned indoor seating or covered outdoor seating. The passage between Kingstown and Port Elizabeth is a 9-mile (14 km) trip taking approximately one hour.

Pedestrians such as hitchhikers and backpackers have the option of the Grenadines mail boat which travels to Port Elizabeth at irregular intervals. The mail boat calls at CanouanMayreau and Union islands although boarding at Mayreau can be difficult, as the vessel remains in deeper waters, with passengers being required to embark and leave through the use of smaller craft, which land on the nearby beach.

Communications

The island has a variety of communication systems including standard telephone and fax lines, a mobile network, and internet access. The old telex system still operates. Bequia has its own heavy-duty, long-range shortwave radio antenna. Many inhabitants use the marine VHF radio system on channel 68 for local communication.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Caribbean. It is located in the southeast Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, which lie in the West Indies, at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea, where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Its 369 km2 (142 sq mi) territory consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and, south of that, two-thirds of the northern part of the Grenadines, a chain of 32 smaller islands. Some of the Grenadines are inhabited—BequiaMustiqueUnion IslandCanouanPetit Saint VincentPalm IslandMayreauYoung Island—while others are not: Tobago CaysBaliceauxBattowiaQuatrePetite MustiqueSavan and Petit Nevis. Most of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines lies within the Hurricane Alley.

To the north of Saint Vincent lies Saint Lucia, to the east is Barbados, and Grenada lies to the south. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a population density of over 300 inhabitants/km2 (700 per sq mi), with approximately 104,332 total inhabitants.

Kingstown is the capital and main port. Saint Vincent has a British colonial history, and is now part of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean StatesCARICOM, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

In April 2021, the La Soufrière volcano erupted several times with "explosive events" continuing. By 12 April, 16,000 residents had evacuated the areas of their homes. Assistance and emergency financial support was being provided by several nearby islands, the United Kingdom, and agencies such as the United Nations. The first significant offer of long-term funding, of US$20 million, was announced on 13 April 2021 by the World Bank.





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Key features

About us

We offer 5 individual rooms, each with their own private entrances and balconies. All our rooms have stunning views of Lower Bay beach, the yachts anchored in Admiralty Bay and across to Port Elizabeth

Although The hotel is fully licensed we reserve the use of our restaurant & bar facilities for our residents only. Our  is registered with, approved of and licensed by The Discover St Vincent & the Grenadines/Ministry of Tourism.

Rooms

All our rooms have super California king sized mahogany platform beds. They are equipped with a large ceiling fan, stand up fan, screened windows, custom made closets, an under counter sized fridge, bistro sized table and chairs with a safe for valuables. The bathrooms have a large shower cubicle, vessels bowls, imported sanitary ware and fittings and solar heated hot water. All rooms have private balconies with table and chairs, sea views as well as their own private entrances.

All the bathrooms have large shower cubicles, vessel bowls, imported sanitary ware and fittings, and solar heated hot water.

Green Room

The green room is located on the first floor of the new building.

Brown Room

The brown room is largest of 4, the other 3 rooms are about the same size - it is on the top floor of the new building.

Yellow Room 1

Yellow room 1 is above the front garden and is on the right of the original building as you look at it.

Yellow Room 2

Yellow room 2 is above the front garden and is on the left of the original building as you look at it.

The Cabana

The Cabana a 400 sq ft detached room.

Restaurant

A breakfast, freshly prepared each morning and included in your rate consists of, chilled fruit juice, unlimited fresh ground coffee offered in a French press, a selection of teas, a tropical fresh fruit salad topped with homemade Greek style yoghurt, a delicious breakfast sandwich served warm and something naughty and sweet, we bake every morning, you might even smell it!

We offer dinner 5 nights a week, using only fresh local ingredients and the menu choices change daily, but always including fresh fish.

Each morning we place out a large menu board for that nights dinner.

The Deck Area Day

The deck/restaurant area is split level, breakfast and dinner, is served on the lower area. The upper area being laid out as a lounge area

During the day, the lower area is arranged as a day terrace, where you can relax on a sun lounger with a refreshing chilled beer, soft drink or maybe a bottle of wine from our carefully chosen selection, whilst enjoying the view.

Spend an unhurried afternoon, reading, playing one of the board games available at reception.

If you feel active, pop down to the beach - less than a minutes walk away before collecting a beach towel and maybe set of snorkeling equipment from reception. We offer the complimentary use of these to our guests.

Beach

Lower Bay Beach is the largest beach on the Caribbean side of the island.

The long crescent of soft golden sand, fringed by palm and coconut trees on one side and the warm clear Caribbean sea on the other, sweeps towards the harbour before ending where reef becomes rock as a small point rises out of the sea, the other side of which is Princess Margaret beach. Less accessible by road, is a popular anchorage for yachts.

You will see a scattering of beach bars/restaurants as you walk along the beach

During the week you may see a fishing boat, pulled up selling his catch having announced his arrival by blowing a conch shell.

On Sunday the people in the village use the beach more, you may see a small group or two grilling fish or breadfruit over a small fire made of drift wood to Caribbean sounds.

Facilities

Use of our own water taxi is available at a discounted rate to our guests for swimming or snorkeling trips to other beaches and Islands.

  • The beach
  • Complimentary use of beach Towels
  • Complimentary use of full snorkeling equipment
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Picnic lunches - 24hr notice
  • Meal service available 07.00 - 20.00
  • Limited bar service - Wines, Beers, San Pelligrino, Cuban cigars
  • Day sun terrace
  • Laundry service availableMaid service 7 days a week.
  • Transfers arranged
  • Concierge services
  • Fishing/water skiing/sailing can be arranged

Lower Bay Village

The village is a true Caribbean village. Its has a junior school. A couple of shops and small local bars.

It's a place where smile and a wave will always be returned - if you hadn't received one first! The residents are warm and welcoming and there are some interesting characters.

Drop into Uncle Boys hide out, a very local little bar/shop in the heart of the village or Petra's little store for any small bits you may need.

You may hear a conch shell being blown, announcing the arrival of a small fishing boat selling its catch on the beach.

Its all part of an original, unchanged way of life, where your world is your horizon.

The hotel is very much part of the village and we enjoy a very good relationship with its residents.

History of Bequia

Bequia is a beautiful, diverse little island, consisting of no more than seven square miles lying nine miles south of St Vincent, north of Mustique. It the northernmost and largest of the Grenadines, a string of islands that stretch for approximately 60 miles between the islands of St Vincent and Grenada in the Caribbean. Bequia is too small for big industry, yet large enough to offer the basic needs. The size of the island has also determined the character of its inhabitants. Since they must acquire commodities from abroad, Bequians have had to look to the sea for their living, working as merchant seamen on freighters, as captains and crews on cargo ships, on yachts and cruise ships, and as fishermen and lobster divers.

The first settlers of Bequia were the Arawaks, and later the warlike Caribs. In 1664, France laid claim to Bequia, but did not establish a permanent settlement there. In 1675, the slave ship Palmyra sank off the Bequia coast. The Africans who managed to swim ashore eventually mixed with the native Caribs to form the 'Black Caribs'. The fighting ability of the Caribs kept Europeans out of St Vincent and the Grenadines, even while they were taking over the rest of the Caribbean.

Between 1719 and 1763, French settlers set up lime, indigo and sugar factories in Bequia. By a treaty between the French and English in 1763, St Vincent and the Grenadines was designated British. The island, now mainly in British hands, began to cultivate cotton and then sugar, and they began to import slaves from Africa to help in the enterprise.

Changing Times

In 1834, the slaves were emancipated, and this caused a decline in the planter economy. Since the Bequians had always depended on the sea for much of their food, and for all their communication with the outside world, there was a surge in whaling, fishing, and trading throughout the islands. Boat building became a large part of the Bequia trade. From the 1840s until very recently almost all the regional trade in the Eastern Caribbean was carried on boats built either in Carriacou or Bequia.

In 1979, the State of St Vincent and the Grenadines achieved independence within the British Commonwealth. Bequians now look for their livelihood to lobster diving, fishing and tourism.

Whaling on Bequia

William Thomas Wallace Jr came from Scotland, and he introduced whaling to Bequia. Having worked on one of the New England whaling ships that came to the Caribbean chasing the humpback whale, Bill Wallace started his own shore whale fishery in the mid 1870s out of Friendship Bay. The Ollivierres from France followed suit in 1876 with a fishery at Petit Nevis (a small off-shore island just south of Bequia). Whale meat was a staple food for the population in those days.

Today only one small whale fishery exists. A crew of six sails out on a 26-foot traditional double-ended whale boat. The design is based on that of the small boats carried aboard the large whaling ships that sailed the Caribbean before the 20th Century. There is great excitement on the rare occasion when a whale is caught. Groups gather on the hills to follow the hunt. The butchering is done on Petit Nevis with a constant stream of small boats carrying loads of people to watch and celebrate.

Things to do

Being an island most things are related to the sea.

Bequia has a 2 large accessible beaches on the Caribbean sea side of the island. Lower Bay beach and Margaret beach. Most of the others are on the Atlantic ocean side of the island.

The water is warm and clear and generally has excellent visibility, so swimming snorkeling and scuba diving is a popular past time. As well as just chilling on the beach.

There are two dive companies operating on the island, one offering nitrox fills.

Day Trip to Nearby Islands

To appreciate St Vincent you need to go inland and visit the volcano, waterfalls or perhaps the famous botanical gardens with its display of tropical plants and trees. There are a variety of restaurants offering West Indian, Rastafarian & European food amongst others.

We can plan your day with you and then we make all the reservations & arrangements for you

Spend the day on a beach on an uninhabited island. We can provide picnic lunches and cold drinks. Don't forget to collect snorkeling equipment and beach towels from reception and don't forget an underwater camera if you have one.

Ps, this is our favourite way to spend a day in the closed season!

There are also day trips available to the Tobago Cay & Mustique on a restored and fully working Caribbean schooner.

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283

Emailcliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com

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